Among the players who will not travel to La Rioja to face Ferro for the Copa Argentina, there is another absentee who went unnoticed in the midst of the Benedetto-Rojo controversy. Who? Gaston Avila. The center-back was even going to start against Arsenal, but at the last moment he ended up leaving his place for Carlos Izquierdoz to enter, who was going to rest thinking precisely about this match. What is happening with the Cat, one of the great animators of the title that Boca celebrated in Córdoba two weeks ago?

His absence, now for the Argentine Cup, has to do with the same reason: At this time, his return to Central is being defined, in this permanent round trip with his home club, who first sold him to Boca, then got him back on loan and now goes for another loan, knowing that the defender has little place in Battaglia’s team.

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However, there is an obstacle that is delaying the operation at this time: to let him go, Boca wants Ávila to extend his contract, which expires in December 2024. Usually, this is a measure that is taken when the player who is going to be loaned out has a year or a year and a half left on his contract, because otherwise, upon his return to the institution, he would be in a position to be released or about to… However, in the case of the Cat, there is still a bond signed for two and a half more years.

And so? That’s where a bit of tug-of-war is born, which could well turn into a conflict. The defender, for now, does not agree with extending his link, since he considers that it is well within the established deadlines, with time and margin. And in the Council of Riquelme for now they see it as a condition to approve the new exit of him to the Scoundrel. For this reason, his situation is delayed, with a footballing detriment, which is that the player is not considered to play.

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To this is added that Ávila today is not among Battaglia’s priorities for the zone of defenders. Above him, not only are the starters Izquierdoz and Rojo, now sanctioned, but also Zambrano and Figal. Therefore, taking into account that now everyone is available to play the Cup and tournament (without suspensions in between), their chances of having minutes will be better and better. Hence the desire of the defender to leave, although under the same contractual conditions that he has today with Boca.

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For this reason, it will be necessary to see what happens to the 20-year-old from Rosario at this time, who was one of the great protagonists of the Boca title celebrations in Córdoba due to his charisma and his impudence, but who today is out of the team. And although he did not commit any act of indiscipline like Rojo or Benedetto, he is the other absentee from the squad list that will go to La Rioja.

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